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Live Review: Com Truise | The Fleece, Bristol | 7/11/17

As a self identified “mid-fi synth wave, slow-motion funk” creator, Com Truise [8] has attracted a respectable crowd for his show at Bristol’s The Fleece. It’s clear why immediately from the slickness at which he gets to work. Building his opener with percussion that finishes on the hi-hat it’s apparent why Com Truise has dug himself the niche he has. Seth Haley, the man behind the moniker shows no intention of doing things conventionally. This vibe is picked up by the room immediately finding rhythms in between his fills and funk inspired bass grooves. Truise goes on to prove you can always have more by layering melodic synths as a segue into new sounds. It’s the professionalism, smooth pr

Exclusive Reveal: Listen to Two New You Know The Drill Acoustic Tracks

If it's pop punk with a sweet charm and a big heart you're searching for - West Midlanders You Know The Drill generally bring both in abundance. Thrusting themselves onto the up and coming pop punk scene in 2016 with their debut EP Losing Streak, the Birmingham quartet have been spending the better part of the last year and a half building up the kind of live experience that currently sees them sit as a band whose future is open, wide, and as bright as a strobe light. Not a band looking to rest on their laurels, YKTD have released acoustic versions of two tracks that can be found on Losing Streak; coming in the form of 'Heads Up' and 'Peer Pressure'. While the ambient pop punk tones are

Marilyn Manson, Parkway Drive, Rise Against & More Added To Download Lineup

Download Festival continues to get even tastier - as this evening they announced their next bunch of bands booked to play the festival in 2018. Already confirmed as headliners were American metal kings Avenged Sevenfold, legendary rock and roll band Guns N Roses, and Black Sabbath vocalist - and Donnington hero Ozzy Osbourne. Joining the headliners will be Marilyn Manson, Rise Against, Parkway Drive, BabyMetal, Alexisonfire, Neck Deep and many more. The current lineup poster can be found below: Tickets for the festival are available from: downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets

Samarkind: 'Samarkind' - Album Review

In an increasingly divided genre that sees new subgenres spring up all the time, it’s refreshing to see a band returning to the roots of the genre to play some no-nonsense rock and roll. Dublin’s Samarkind, formed just 12 months ago in 2016 and featuring vocalist David P. Byrne (Assassin, Friday’s Child) and guitarist Michal Kulbaka (Lancelot Lynx), are stripping the genre back to its bare essentials - heavy grooves and a massive dose of the blues for good measure and are bringing anyone they can along for the ride. Their debut self-titled album garnered plenty of buzz with the release of lead single ‘Sun Stroke Heart’, a rollicking, heavy blues number that opens with a monumental hook and g

The Faceless: In Becoming A Ghost | Album Review

It has not been a kind year to The Faceless. With overly publicised tour cancellations and managerial arguments surfacing to the public, one would have assumed that this was a band on the brink of packing it all in. Thankfully this was not the case, and following a very exciting reveal of a new lineup solidified by new vocalist Ken Sorceron, of Abigail Williams fame (and probably one of the best vocalists in the game right now). The Faceless return with their first album in nearly 5 years: In Becoming a Ghost. Starting off with title track 'In Becoming a Ghost', a melodic, almost black metal introduction track that wouldn’t feel out of place on an Abigail Williams record, sets the atmosph

Valdur: 'Divine Cessation' - Album Review

It is cold and it is night, you are alone. It is pitch black. There isn’t even a sense that someone is out there. The air is still and cold. It feels heavy, it feels threatening and it feels ominous. Can’t see. Can’t scream. Valdur have given a Death Metal label but with this, their fifth album Divine Cessation, there is a lot more going on atmospherically. Like a wave of fire, the guitars buzz out over the horizon to assault you with their atmosphere. You can hear the violent drums chaotically bash about in the background. The deep roars almost meld into the guitars as the songs take shape. Valdur feel like something straight out of Black Metal in haunting atmospheres and buzz-saw guitars b

InAir: A Different Light | EP Review

Reading alt-rock three-piece InAir have just dropped their debut EP, A Different Light – a synth-laden shot of electro-rock comprised of four tracks not dissimilar to the sounds of Mallory Knox and Bring Me The Horizon. Beginning with a promising opening, first track ‘Rise Again’ stretches out to nearly a lengthy six minutes and sounds indie at some points and metal at others. ‘Bound to Break’ boasts euphoric key changes and the thickest riff on the release, but the crown for best song goes to closing track ‘Insomnia’, loaded with lucid emotion hard to find elsewhere on the EP. While the release does fall short of sounding anthemic and destined for arenas, like synth-rock often undeniably is

Review | Silent Descent - Turn To Grey

If you cast your mind back to the turn of the current decade, you may remember a certain subgenre gaining rapid traction within the extended alternative scene. Being forwarded by acts such as Asking Alexandria, Enter Shikari, The Devil Wears Prada and at the time, Bring Me The Horizon, synth-laden post-hardcore, metal and dare I say it, Electronicicore were some of the key driving forces within the alt scene. Whilst not on par in terms of status and size as the aforementioned acts, the Dartford based ‘trancemetal’ act Silent Descent were certainly a prominent name within the respective UK underground scene at the time. Following their the release of their debut full length in 2008, an offeri

INTERVIEW: Seafoal.

Photo: Jess McPhee Recently we got to sit down with the lovely Seafoal at Surya, during their longest UK tour, to have a quick chat about new releases, influences and their current playlist! Noizze: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us! How has tour been? Seafoal: It’s been pretty cool! It’s so weird that a week ago today we started the tour and I’ve only ever done short tours, so before this my longest tour was 10 days. This has been my first tour in over a year and I’ve really enjoyed it even though I’ve been ill some nights. My throat’s just given up a few times, standard November cold stuff, but other than that it’s been great and we’ve pulled through and smashed it every night. Noiz

Seafoal, Surya, London.

Jess caught Seafoal tearing it up on the Xeraclius tour as it rolled through London. Check out her shots below!

Intervals - The Way Forward | Album Review

Since the inception of the act in 2011, Canada’s Intervals haven’t had the most solid of foundations regarding consistent line-ups. Following their origins in Toronto, the (then) group spent several years as a 4 piece, before dropping to a trio just after their release of their initial EP’s, before swelling back to a quintet in 2013. Whilst it’s perfectly natural for line-ups to fluctuate in the early years of an artist’s career, what garnered wide spread interest in the band was the fact that in 2015, all members bar Aaron Marshall left. Whilst this would spell the inevitable doom for the majority of acts, Marshall ensured that Intervals lived on as a solo project, releasing his debut solo

Wolf Counsel: Age of Madness/Reign of Chaos - Album Review

Swiss doom merchants Wolf Counsel have been playing their gloomy trade since 2014 and despite having released two other full-lengths to date, they have flown largely under the radar. Age of Madness/Reign of Chaos is the band’s third album in as many years, giving rise to the very real worry of creative burnout or stagnation. Worse, peddling the kind of classic doom Wolf Counsel trade in that revels in the low-and-slow end of the pool leaves the very real danger of fatigue, or worse, boredom, setting in without some level of creative approach. The only thing not slow, in fact, about the approach to metal here is the frequency the band has turned out new records. Fortunately for Wolf Counsel,

Cradle of Filth w/Savage Messiah – Church Leeds, 05/11/17 - Live Review

Twelve studio albums and twenty-six years in, Cradle of Filth show us why they are still considered one of the most influential, and controversial, black metal bands ever. In the old converted church venue, surrounded by monolithic stained glass windows, Leeds was treated to a very atmospheric and theatrical Sunday service. First up though, were British metallers Savage Messiah (8). They played an electrifying set, comprised mainly of their stunning new material, with a few old faithfuls dotted throughout. Despite the crowd being, by frontman Dave Silver's own admission, not their usual crowd, the reaction to their set indicated they had won more than a few new fans that night. Making their

Savage Messiah Interview – 05/11/17

Coming off the release of their latest studio album, Savage Messiah are proving themselves to be one of the best metal bands the UK has to offer. We caught up with frontman and guitarist Dave Silver ahead of their Leeds show supporting Cradle of Filth. Noizze: So you've just released your 4th full length studio album Hands of Fate, can you tell us a bit about how it differs from your previous records and how you chose to approach it? Dave: So the biggest change is that we consciously decided not to write any songs that were completely thrash. We felt stifled and bored with that direction and we decided we wanted to do something fresh. In terms of recording we were approaching it in the same

Nordheim: 'RapThor' - Album Review

Folk Metal can have an emphasis on either Folk or Metal and bands like Wintersun, Moonsorrow and Ensiferum give it a rapid amount of heavy Metal. Much like Canada’s Nordheim, who since 2006 are on their third album set for release Nov 24th. From the very get go, the album packs that punch and releases an infinite energy that vaguely recalls the fastest of Black Metal bands. All the while there’s a subtle folk symph to their battle cries. RapThor feels excited to be here. The clean vocal chants of ‘Troll Riding a Raptor’ have easy hooks and feel fitting amongst the rest of the battling music. The shocking speed of each song dangerously thrusts you from song to song, a great example being ‘Scr

Of Allies - Night Sky | Album Review

UK rockers Of Allies have released their stunning debut LP, Night Sky. This 4-piece have already been gaining attention from the likes of Kerrang! as well as BBC Introducing. The quartet have also notched up some impressive live bookings under their belt - such as playing alongside Tesseract and a performance at the Humber Street Sesh Festival. Add to this the fact that this record was entirely crowd funded (and hit its target with a few months to spare) and we're looking at a band here who demand the attention they're getting With varied influences and sounds already being compared to Twin Atlantic, Breaking Benjamin, and Deftones, Of Allies are clearly a band that will appeal to all. Title

Melrose Quartet: Dominion Album Review

It has been four years, but Dominion is finally here as the eagerly awaited sequel to Melrose Quartet’s debut, 2013’s Fifty Verses. That is not to say that the four-piece have not been busy since then, Jess (vocals, violin) and Richard (vocals, melodeon) Arrowsmith remain a popular booking for folk clubs up and down the country, James Fagan (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin) has recently launched a new act The James Brothers, and Nancy Kerr’s (vocals, violin) solo band has seen her win BBC Radio 2 singer of the year in 2015. Dominion offers exquisite vocal harmonies from the four accomplished singers right from the acapella opening of “Mariah’s Gone”, before the album bursts into life with

Phoenix Calling - Our Lost Hearts | Album Review

Two years after the release of their highly rated debut Forget Your Ghosts, Phoenix Calling are back with their sophomore album Our Lost Hearts. After such a strong start back in 2015, how well do the Cambridgeshire 5-piece live up to their last album? The answer is, not the best that they could. The album keeps hold of some of the positives clearly shown and appreciated in ‘Forget Your Ghosts’, however, this record seems to lack anything real signs of progression. This isn’t to say that ‘Our Lost Hearts’ doesn’t have its moments. ‘Rescue Me’ consumes the lighter rock style atmosphere of the album whereas ‘Sins and Thieves’ brings a contrasting, amplifying heavier bassline and creating a dar

LIVE REVIEW | Breabach | The Greystones Sheffield | 26/10/17

A strong intro wrought in by very loud bagpipes and a surprisingly loud double bass accompaniment welcomed one of Scotland’s most beloved folk tune bands back to Sheffield, with the rest of the instruments providing a quieter accompaniment in both the melody and rhythm sections. Breabach [7] really got the show going from the off, and they powered through their first few pieces without pause; handling instrument and time signature changes well as the guitarist took to the cajon, and the piper switched between bagpipes and flute – enabling the other instruments to be heard in the melody part when playing the latter. Three sets in, a drinking song from their “Astar” album began a nice change i

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